The joyously over-the-top extravaganza that is Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue is a kinetic non-stop evening of song and dance that celebrates the glitz and raucousness of Bollywood, India’s glitzy film industry. The crowd-pleasing North American touring production heats up the Schaefer Center stage on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7pm as part of Appalachian State University’s performing arts series, The Schaefer Center Presents.
Taj Express rhythmically blends a variety of dance styles — classic Indian to Western ballet and contemporary — with a collection of music ranging from disco, rock and hip-hop to classical Indian and pop, with a tango and an old-fashioned waltz thrown in for kicks. Dance numbers are delivered at a frenzied pace and with phenomenal precision by the 20-plus person cast of some of India’s most popular actor-dancers. The razzle-dazzle is complemented by a bevy of costumes whose colors look plucked straight from a vibrant spice market and thrilling live music set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (“Jai Ho”, Slumdog Millionaire). The result is an unforgettable, high-energy celebration of the spirit of India and Bollywood.